Russia, USA Attempt to One-Up Each Other Over Syria Chemical Attack

One would be forgiven for succumbing to clinical anxiety in 2018 because, quite frankly, there is an impending crisis of some sort on the horizon, with many fearing that it could be World War III.

Tensions between the two most boisterous nuclear-powered leaders on the planet have reached an epic crescendo of rhetoric and nonsense, with Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin both lobbing not-so-subtle shots at one another this week.  (To be fair, Rodrigo Duterte of The Philippines deserves to be on the list in terms of running his mouth, but his tiny nation doesn’t possess weapons of a sort that would allow him to play with the big boys).

This week’s certain doom comes to us from Syria, where the United States and Russia have previously squared off in the weeks shortly following Donald Trump’s election.  In that instance, a chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on his own people prompted the newly minted Commander in Chief to rain hell down on a Syrian air base in the form of nearly 60 Tomahawk Cruise missiles.

The underlying story behind that strike, which was largely buried in the mainstream media, is that Russian forces who were inside of Syria at the time for the assumed purpose of fighting ISIS.  During the aftermath of Assad’s inhumane strike, as victims of the gas attack were rushed to hospitals, it is believed that those hospitals were then bombed into rubble by the Ruskies in order to hide the reprehensible use of such agents.

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Now, after another chemical attack in the Middle Eastern terrorism hotbed, Russia and the USA are having words…and they aren’t pretty.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday reports of a gas attack in Syria were bogus and any military action taken based on such “invented and fabricated excuses” could lead to severe consequences.

“The spread of bogus stories about the use of chlorine and other poisonous substances by (Syrian) government forces continues. Yet another such fabricated piece of information about an alleged chemical attack in Douma appeared yesterday,” the ministry said in a statement.

The idea that the United States would fabricate a story in order to drum up support to anti-Assad actions is ludicrous to begin with.  ISIS is virtually history in Syria, and there’s no chance that American troops and Russian troops are going to be on the same battlefield in the middle east and on the same side.  Trust me when I tell you, no one wants that.

But, there is no denying that Assad is a monster.  President Trump called him out as such as recently as this weekend.

Here’s to hoping that this situation gets sorted out before we have to resort to sending care packages of potassium iodide to the region.

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